To strengthen California’s capacity to provide equity-driven, clinically rich teacher preparation and support.
WHAT WE DO
The Lab fosters a vibrant learning community committed to operationalizing equity through common program quality standards and state resources – leading to a powerful system of California teacher residency programs. The Lab ensures that all California teacher residencies receive coherent, aligned, needs-based, research-based, developmentally appropriate support and technical assistance. We serve as a conduit for California teacher residency partnerships to easily access a constellation of support that builds their capacity to design effective and sustainable teacher residency programs. Core to the Lab’s work is the Labs 10 Key Characteristics of Effective Residencies. These have informed the planning and direction of CTC Grant Funded Teacher Residencies since Fall of 2021. The Statewide Residency Technical Assistance Center (SRTAC) is our active state-wide collaborator. SRTAC provides targeted, developmentally appropriate technical assistance to program participants aligned with residency program outcomes.
Since 2019, the Lab has supported 97 local education agencies and university residency partnerships
Between 2019-2022, 959 residents graduated from California Residency Programs. 65% of resident graduates are BIPOC, outpacing the state’s teacher average of 37%.
As enhanced members of the Lab’s membership program, 16 residency partnerships accessed and received personalized 1:1 coaching
The Lab hosts two in-person conferences and 5 virtual events a year
88% of residency graduates have been retained after 3 years of teaching
The goal of the CA Teacher Residency Lab is to serve as a conduit for California teacher residencies to easily access a constellation of supports based on ongoing assessments of development and need. Sign up for our monthly E-Blast to ensure you receive upcoming events and resources!
The Teacher Residency Lab (Lab) is proud to partner with districts and universities across the state of California to diversify the teacher workforce in service of students. The Lab is in California and has team members across the state to support residency programs to recruit, train, and retain teachers of color. We understand the California context and communities and are here to support residency programs across the state.
The Statewide Residency Technical Assistance Center (SRTAC) is our active state-wide collaborator. SRTAC provides targeted, developmentally appropriate technical assistance to program participants aligned with residency program outcomes. This center represents a partnership among five County Offices of Education (COE), The Residency Lab, WestEd, and UCLA Teacher Education Program. Its primary goal is to provide targeted, developmentally appropriate technical assistance and comprehensive support to residency programs, catering to both Teacher and Counselor residencies across California.
We also deeply appreciate our current and past funders!
What to Expect: Discover how theLab assists residency programs in developing support structures and designing and implementing promising equity-focused practices that help educators of color thrive at their school sites and remain in the teaching profession. This session focuses on building the capacity of teacher preparation educators and district personnel to support preservice educators of color as they navigate their preparation programs and clinical placements.
Suggested Audience: LEA and IHE residency team members responsible for resident recruitment, retention, support, clinical practice, and coursework.
Grant Overview Drop-Ins – Participants will receive an overview of the grant opportunities, deadlines, and support to prepare strong teacher residency grant applications to submit to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
Grant Writing Support Sessions – Participants who plan to apply to the grant program, will receive grant writing support and resources from a Residency Lab Coach. Coaching and support will be provided in a small group or one-on-one setting.
PREVIOUS REGIONAL EVENT DETAILS
Northern California Regional Kick-off event
Monday, September 11, 2023, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sacramento County Office of Education
Central California Regional Kick-off event
Monday, September 18, 2023, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tulare County Office of Education
Southern California Regional Kick-off event
Monday, September 25, 2023, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
San Diego County Office of Education
View a recap of our 2023 California Teacher Residency Annual Symposium!
As we continue to evaluate our program, results, impact, and goals, please check back in on this page to learn more about the impact our model and participants are making!
In our first year of building our residency program, we had some knowledge about residencies and strongly believed in the purpose, but we didn’t quite know where to go from there. We found the support and guidance we needed through participating in the Residency Lab. The Lab provided experts who didn’t just present ideas; they actually met with us and provided assistance that met our exact needs. Most importantly, the Lab has served as a networking opportunity to connect us with people up and down the state who have experienced similar challenges. – Karin Compise, Resident @ TCSJ
The CA Teacher Residency Lab supported the development and refinement of our systems and structures needed to create an effective teacher residency program. The foundation is set in Oakland, thanks to the CA Lab. So now, if and when OTR leadership changes, the residency will continue strong thanks to this strong foundation.– Zaia Vera, Oakland Teacher Residency
As we reach out and recruit teachers in the residency program that reflect the student populations that they will work with, we’ve learned that organizing the support and emotional needs of aspiring teachers of color is paramount to their success. We’ve also learned that by listening and opening up to the discussions of race and equity as a team with mentors, student teachers, supervisors, and university instructors, we will have better success in retaining teachers of color. – North Coast Teacher Residency
Commission on Teacher Credentialing Teacher Residency Grant Program Website – funding for competitive grants to support a collaborative partnership between an eligible Local Education Agency (LEA) or a consortium of LEAs partnering with one or more Commission-approved teacher preparation programs offered by a regionally accredited institution of higher education (IHE) to expand, strengthen, improve access to, or create teacher residency programs.